Bodies and Persons: Comparative Perspectives from Africa and Melanesia

Lambek, Michael; Strathern, Andrew, Eds

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Synopsis: This book suggests a bold comparative approach to broad cultural differences between Africa and Melanesia. Its theme is personhood, understood in terms of what anthropologists call embodiment. These concepts are applied to questions ranging from the meanings of spirit possession, to the logics of witchcraft and kinship relations, the use of rituals in healing, and even the impact of capitalism. Questioning common assumptions about the huge differences among these discrete areas, the contributions document surprising continuities.

About the Author: Michael Lambek is professor of anthropology and a Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is the author of several books, most recently "The Weight of the Past", and editor or coeditor of several more, including "Ordinary Ethics" and "A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion".

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